HOT: Innocent Bystander, Yarra Valley

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Enjoy great food, a relaxed ambience and lots of family-friendly features on your next trip to the Yarra Valley!

innocent bystander yarra valley

Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley is a stunning child-friendly eatery on the main street of Healesville. It also acts as the cellar door for Innocent Bystander wines where you can taste test the Innocent Bystander range of wines and cider.

innocent bystander yarra valley

The huge space splits into a dining area, outdoor deck and lounge area. The inside seating is much more appealing than the outside, which overlooks a large car park. The floor to ceiling windows provide plenty of light indoors.

innocent bystander yarra valley

A long glossy bar dominates the room. The whole range of Innocent Bystander wines are served fresh from tapped kegs. It’s the same wine as in the bottles, just served by the glass or carafe.

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innocent bystander yarra valley

innocent bystander yarra valley

Innocent Bystander’s website says ‘We love little people. Our space is to be enjoyed by everyone and families are welcome.’ Certainly when we visit the dining room in the early evening most of the clientele are families.

There is pram access, high chairs, a disabled toilet with change facilities and a children’s menu. The main menu also has sharing plates and some of the smaller dishes may be suitable for smaller tummies.

innocent bystander yarra valley

The menu is meant to be paired with wine and uses local Yarra Valley ingredients. They are famous for their pizza and paella.

The kids share a wood-fired margherita pizza ($24) while I enjoy a tasty, crusty seafood paella straight out of the pan ($29).

For dessert we share the ‘Little Cones of Joy’. They are not actually ice cream cones, they are waffle cones of dessert with a choice of fillings. We try all four: Baked cheesecake with blueberries; Lemon meringue; Berry and white chocolate mousse and Chocolate brownie with peanut butter ($18).

innocent bystander yarra valley

Innocent Bystander is a stylish location for a relaxing lunch or dinner in the Yarra Valley. The all-day kitchen means that you can eat as early or late as you need to suit kids. On busy days I recommend booking ahead.

innocent bystander yarra valley

Across the carpark from Innocent Bystander is the more high-end Giant Steps cellar door and restaurant. Depending on the age of your children it’s also a space that accommodates kids if Innocent Bystander is booked out.

Click here for more places to go in the Yarra Valley with kids.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class=”thon-hot-tips-panel”]HOT Tips:

  • Pram access;
  • High chairs;
  • Disabled toilet;
  • Change table;
  • Standard menu suitable for kids; and
  • Free parking.


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About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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